Samsung did reveal that the handset would sport a 1.2GHz dual-core ARM processor and a 4.3-inch HD screen. However, that’s about it. It didn’t reveal much about Tizen, which is a Linux-based operating system.
In September, rumours started to circulate in the internet with sources claiming Samsung is prepping its Tizen Galaxy handset for launch. Sources said that the phone would be released in the “near future”.
A few months have passed and yet no news of the Tizen handset. It appears, however, that Samsung is bent on releasing the device this year in partnership with NTT Docomo, a Japanese network operator.
Daily Yomiuri reports that the Tizen smartphone by Samsung will be launched in Japan fist by Docomo. Docomo is the only network in Japan that does not offer the iPhone. Other countries are said to get the phone at around the same time frame.
If Tizen does see the light of day, it will face stiff competition from the leaders of the pack, iOS and Android. Google’s Android is the top dog in the smartphone market. According to Gartner, an analytics firm, in Q3 2012, Android devices accounted for 72.4% of the smartphone market. Samsung’s Galaxy S3 is the top seller among all Android devices.
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